Saturday, June 5, 2010

NME C86 - A Rough Trade Records Compilation (1986)

C86-style pop music has been making a bit of a resurgence as of late, all thanks to bands like The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and The Raveonettes. Which is a good thing- because at some point fans of those bands will have to stumble upon this gem, (once) a cassette that I picked up at House Of Music (Manoa Shopping Center, Havertown, PA) sometime in the late '80s and (now) a digital file somewhere in the recesses of my hard drive. I wonder what the original tape would be worth if I still had it? (I just did an eBay search, couldn't find this actual cassette but some of its contemporaries; going for anywhere from $1.50 to $8.00; which sadly, isn't as much as I thought...)

Anyway, if you're a fan of fuzzed out and jangly twee indie pop, here's where it started- the following bands owe as much a debt to both The Jesus & Mary Chain and The Smiths for their impetus as the two bands I mentioned above owe to the entire movement in general...


1. Primal Scream - Velocity Girl
2. The Mighty Lemon Drops - Happy Head
3. The Soup Dragons - Pleasantly Surprised

4. The Wolfhounds - Feeling So Strange Again

5. The Bodines - Therese

6. Mighty Mighty - Law

7. Stump - Buffalo

8. Bogshed - Run to the Temple

9. A Witness - Sharpened Sticks

10. The Pastels - Breaking Lines

11. Age of Chance - From Now On, This Will Be Your God

12. The Shop Assistants - It's Up to You

13. Close Lobsters - Firestation Towers

14. Miaow - Sport Most Royal

15. Half Man Half Biscuit - I Hate Nerys Hughes (From The Heart)

16. The Servants - Transparent

17. The Mackenzies - Big Jim (There's no pubs in Heaven)

18. Big Flame - New Way (Quick Wash And Brush Up With Liberation Theology)

19. Fuzzbox - Console Me

20. McCarthy - Celestial City

11. The Shrubs - Bullfighter's Bones

22. The Wedding Present - This Boy Can Wait


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